There's a good thread going about self checkout vs regular checkout at the grocery store. I am curious about your stores' policies regarding membership cards. We don't have them in StL! When we buy groceries in other cities, that is the first thing I hear after the groceries are checked--do you have a membership card. Sometimes we get a spiel, although I usually cut them short. "We don't live here!"
I would really resent it if I had to give my name, address and other info to get a card so I could get a discount at the store. Do your markets require this? If so, do all the markets in your town/city do this too?
And, do your markets give you a choice whether to get paper or plastic bags as you check out?
And are there any other unusual or odd practices where you shop for food? Anything great? Anything drive you crazy?
FYI, I really like my market and I do the bulk of my buying there. It is a locally owned local chain. I am not asked to get a card. I am not forced to take plastic bags. I can bag my stuff if I want--or not. The place has actual floor covering on the floor, instead of bare concrete. It has a great deli, and helpful clerks and stockers. It has a few weaknesses. I find the produce is not as great as it used to be. I've started visiting Whole Foods once a week to fill in the blanks. But otherwise, it is a great place to buy food. And, I like shopping at WF too.